Fourth Asian Historical Economics Conference
Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, September 19-20, 2014


Fourth Asian Historical Economics Conference
Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, September 19-20, 2014

Program Committee:

Stephen Broadberry (London School of Economics)
Kyoji Fukao (Hitotsubashi University)
Bishnupriy Gupta (University of Warwick)
Debin Ma (London School of Economics)
Şevket Pamuk (Bogazici University)


Fourth Asian Historical Economics Conference

Fourth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC) Bursaries / Financial Support

The Fourth Asian Historical Economics Conference will be held at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Friday-Saturday, 19-20 September 2014.

The Conference Programme Committee invites applications for Bursaries / Financial Support from young scholars whose abstracts have already been accepted to the Conference.

There will be 7 bursaries for 72,000 Japanese yen (or its equivalent) each, to help PhD students cover the costs of attending the conference. Bursaries can only be offered to students who make available a paper of at least 5,400 words. Payment of the bursaries will be made after the conference.

All applications must include the following items:
(1) A curriculum vitae
(2) A short letter of support from your PhD supervisor
(3) An abstract of the paper to be presented at the conference

Please send your application by email to by 15 May 2014.


The Fourth Asian Historical Economics Conference will be held at Bogaziçi (Bosphorus) University in Istanbul on Friday-Saturday, September 19-20, 2014. This Conference follows earlier Conferences of the Asian Historical Economics Society at Venice (2008), Beijing (2010) and Tokyo (2012).

The conference aims to bring together researchers working on the economic history of all regions of Asia, as well as those comparing Asia with other regions. The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers on a number of themes where research is currently active, including (but not restricted to):

- The Great Divergence between Asia and Europe
- Economic Crises
- The Role of the State
- Financial Development and Economic Performance
- New Interpretations of the Colonial Legacy
- Labour-Intensive Industrialisation
- Agriculture and Economic Development
- The Role of Institutions and Institutional Change
- Women and the Economy
- Human Capital, Demographic Transitions and Migration
- International Trade and Industrialisation in Asian Economies
- The Development of Traditional and Modern Industries
- Market Integration and the Impact of Globalisation
- Historical National Accounts for Asian Economies
- International Comparison of Income, Output and Productivity
- Climate Change and the Economy

Keynote Speaker for the Conference will be Professor Kenneth Pomeranz of the University of Chicago, author of the now classic book, Great Divergence, China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy, 2000.

There will also be a Special Session on “Science and Technology in Europe and East Asia during the Early Modern Era” with presentations from Professor Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University and Professor Jin Dengjian of Dickinson University.

For each proposed paper, an abstract not exceeding 500 words, together with institutional affiliation and e-mail address of the authors should be sent by e-mail and in WORD format by March 1, 2014 to:

Proposals for complete sessions of 3 linked papers will also be considered. Further details will soon be available on the conference website at:

All submissions will be acknowledged. Notices of acceptance will be sent to corresponding authors by April 10, 2014.

For the website of the Third Asian Historical Economics Conference held at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo in September 2012, see